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Honeyguide Khoka Moya & Mantobeni Camps
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Reviewed June 20, 2006

We stayed at Honeyguide with my wife during our honeymoon to South Africa. We first considered staying at a more "modern" type of safari camp with AC bungalows etc. However, due to good reviews from our friends, we decided to stay in more natural Honeyguide and it was definitely a right decision.

The service was excelent, we had a one day delay in our flights and the management of Honeyguide could arrange us new schedule for the stay, which saved our whole safari. Staff was most attentive and really put an effort to making us feel at home; we e.g. had all kinds of honeymoon specials (champagne et.) delivered to our tent. Food was excellent and we really enjoyed good wines from their cellar. Sundowners during safari rides we great as well, a nice way to take a break during long rides.

We were fortunate to see the big five and many other animals. Like the reviewer from Geneva stated correctly, it is not a zoo and should not be considered one, so it is up to the animals themselves if you spot them or not. It was a dry season, so we did not get to see all the possible big mammals e.g. hippos, but overall the density of animals was good.

The tents were really a great way to spend a night in. It had a great feeling of being in the wild, insted of just staying in an airconditioned villa. They were way beyond basic having great beds and linen and furniture inside. Bathroom was open-air, which was a nice detail and made the accomodation feel even more original.

I would most definately recommend Honeyguide if you are looking for more authentic and original option for your safari.

  • Stayed: January 2003
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7  Thank Peksu
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed May 17, 2006

I totally disagree with the reviews complaining they didn't see any animals. The bush is not a zoo...When I stayed there with my 6-years old daughter, we saw many lions, (males and females), a mother cheetah with 3 cubs on a kill and many other animals. The staff was so friendly and so nice with my daughter. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting to try the bush experience with their children. The tents are very nice (personnally I prefer sleeping in a tent, you "feel" the bush better than in a bungalow with the air conditioning and all the accommodities you can find in any hotel). Food and wines were also excellent and they always tried to cater the suitable food for us., they also offered a kind of "Kids Club" to entertain the children afternoons with arts & craft. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2004
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4  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed April 19, 2006

I read the reviews here before i comitted to this safari and while the reviews weren't great we still went for it. VERY glad we did. from the moment we drove into the reception area, we were made to feel relaxed and very well served.

The staff were exceptional in their attention to detail and there was an obvious overall theme of guest comfort.

The camp is beautiful and laid out in such a way that you feel secluded from anybody else there. The food was well above what you would expect in the bush, in fact i have eaten at many exceptional restaurants and this was right up there.

The game drives were an extremely personal experience with the rangers making every part of it interesting. Their knowledge of everything they (and you) see and their very real passion for what they do made for a special occasion.

I can't imagine why anybody would say a bad word about this place. Things must have changed at Honeyguide since the review was written about poor service as i can't understand where that would come from. Having stayed at 5 star hotels all over the world and grown accustomed to fantastic service, this is the first place i have ever taken the time to write a review about. Value for money is an understatement. did i mention i really like the place?

  • Stayed: April 2006
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4  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Paramus, NJ
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Reviewed April 7, 2006

Stayed at this camp for three nights. This was our third trip to Africa in three consecutive years and this was the most poorly conceived, organized, and executed safari experience we have encountered. The tent was shabby with rips in the canvas and netting, sleeping and shower areas were not firmly connected and the shower area was not screened so bugs were everywhere whenever a light was turned on. Basic supplies like tissues and toilet paper were not regularly replenished and had to be specifically requested.Lanterns were picked up at the dining area at night but could not be depended upon to be operating for long as they were obviously not routinely recharged. The food was excellent but service was slow and staff were very inattentive.Our guide was a recent hire and sseemed to just wander around on safari rather than knowing where animals might be expected as has been our experience with most other rangers in Africa. He did know his trees and birds and we wondered why he spent so much time talking about trees on the first drive when we realized that he was
"vamping? as there were so few animals to see. There are some good birds but you should be clear that that is your interest as otherwise you will whiz by them. Our vehicle was always filthy unlike other camps where the rangers and their spotters have pride in their vehicles and wash off the dust and dirt regularly. The vehicle was poorly maintained and we broke down far from camp on our first night. The rescue was made by an even more decrepit vehicle whose driver had to hand wire a light to the front so we could see to get back to camp.The spare tire on our Rover was not mounted and rolled around the back seat. As was noted in another review, vehicles are not permitted off-road under any circumstances so major game like lions are only rarely seen and impossible to photograph. Also,they are very shy as they have so little human experience. The camp does not do controlled burns so animals not on or very near the road are difficult to see. The camp does not water animals so the animals go where the camps do provide water. The few animals we did see were concentrated around a watering station on the property of another camp. The camp policies are understandable from a strictly conservation oriented view, and the operators are certainly within there rights to follow them. However, this is a business enterprise and not inexpensive, so clients should be fully informed of said policies and be able to make a decision beforehand. We have shared our opinions on this matter with our tour operator but not with the camp as we were asked to come to the office to do an evaluation as we were entering our hired car for the ride to the airport.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Reviewed January 26, 2006

This was my second trip to Honeyguide and if there is a better safari deal in South Africa, I have not found it. This is not a "Ritz in the bush." If you want that experience, go somewhere else like Londolozi and pay an arm and leg to see the same animals as Honeyguide. This is a very nice tented camp in the bush. Tents have electricity and adequate baths. Beds are wonderfully comfortable. But, they are tents with no air conditioning or heat, so be prepared. The staff is superb and the food fantastic. Watching game at the waterhole from the simple but nice bar and dining area is as good as it gets. All food and drink is included in the price. Game will come through the camp, which is the exciting part of Africa, but make sure you obey the staff's instructions for safety. We watched all sorts of game from the couch on the front of our tent, and the water hole was regularly visited by elephant, buffalo, zebra and many types of antelope. With two 3-hour game drives a day, you have a chance to see all the Big Five on any day. Be sure to take advantage of the mid-day walking tours each day. We will be back.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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7  Thank paradoxcapt
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